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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 31, 2011 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "Livening Dead's Albums" - Washington Post, August 31, 1977

"The album is definitely a departure for the Grateful Dead, but one which likely marks a new direction rather than a one-time experiment."

I think this is actually a pretty fair review of Terrapin Station. Enjoy.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 31, 2011 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Livening Dead's Albums' - Washington Post, August 31, 1977

It figures that a mainstream newspaper reviewer would find a slick, tight, marketable album to be a step up for the Dead! Now those goofoffs can find mass appeal - why, they might even compete with Fleetwood Mac!

For me, Terrapin is the start of a very steep decline in the Dead's studio albums - basically, everything they did in the studio from here on was tasteless, soulless trash in my book... (I'm not alone - Mickey Hart said in '87 of the Dead's Arista albums, "That music is not what I call Grateful Dead. It was produced by twits and plumbers; it was a shame and a travesty." And worse lay ahead!)
But anyway. I'll restrain myself...

It is funny that the reviewer thinks the Dead were releasing complete live shows w/o editing anything out. So, so far from the truth. (On their most recent live album, they'd actually left all the best stuff on the editing-room floor!) Also love how he calls their live albums "expendable"! Definitely not a fan of the long "rambling" jams...
Oh well. It's interesting to see how an "outsider" views the music.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 31, 2011 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Livening Dead's Albums' - Washington Post, August 31, 1977

You are not alone--I thought I was alone!

You do recall the TS bashing, right? My "melodrama"?

;)

Couldn't agree more, but I'd take it one step back to BfAllah. And, throw in 76 for a live production that sucks big time (sorry, JOTS, and other defenders).

Mars makes it, but just...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 31, 2011 9:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Livening Dead's Albums' - Washington Post, August 31, 1977

Fascinating perspective, in so many ways. (Interesting how there's praise for "keeping the reins" on Garcia's "flash" and for being like Fleetwood Mac.) I like how the notion of releasing "the whole shootin' match" meant "two albums, sometimes three," although apparently "there can only be so much live Dead before the Dead die." A comment we're reading 34 years later on a multi-thousand show archives devoted to thousands of hours of live Dead, where folks are discussing the release of a real "whole shootin' match."

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-08-31 16:21:06

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 31, 2011 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Livening Dead's Albums' - Washington Post, August 31, 1977

Ah, but writer refers to the ONE that truly sucks in this line ("steal your money" as we called it then--and we went to those shows! Yuck).

I know there are defenders, BUT really, would ANYONE here actually recommend SYF over S&R or LD (or even Euro 72) as a live album to recommend to someone?

Shudder.